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M.S. Degrees in the Department of Biological Sciences

LabM.S. Biology Thesis Option (Plan A)

In the Plan A option, students must complete 32 credit hours of graduate courses.  Research for the thesis (BIOL680) is awarded credit towards the 32 credit hour requirement. Students design a thesis project under the guidance of a Faculty mentor.

The research is conducted in the mentor’s lab. At the end of the second Bethyear, students write a Master’s Thesis and defend it at a public seminar and private questioning session with their thesis committee. View the M.S. Biology curriculum.

Students completing a Plan A M.S. are supported from faculty research grants. This option is only available if a faculty member can support an M.S. Plan A student.

ButterflyM.S. Biology Non–Thesis Option (Plan B)

In the Plan B option, students must complete 32 credit hours of graduate courses.  There are no formal requirements for laboratory research or a written thesis for the Plan B degree.  The University does not offer financial support for M.S. Plan B students.

View the M.S. Biology curriculum.

M.S. Biotechnology

The M.S. in Biotechnology requires 32 credit hours of graduate courses, with an emphasis on biotechnology courses. The University does not offer financial support for the M.S. Biotechnology students.  For more information, visit the M.S. Biotechnology website.

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